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Things to Do in Edinburgh This Summer

Things to Do in Edinburgh This Summer

Summer is a perfect time to visit Edinburgh, both to explore the city and to discover the rest of Scotland. From ancient Roman ruins to picturesque villages to whisky distilleries, you can find it all in and around Edinburgh. Here are a few ideas.

  • Go for a boat ride on Loch Ness and use a sonar system to listen for Nessie, aka the Loch Ness Monster.

  • Enjoy the natural beauty of Cairngorms National Park.

  • Ride the West Highland Railway Line in the Scottish Highlands, better known to “Harry Potter” fans as the Hogwarts Express.

  • Visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most romantic castles in the region.

  • Tour the iconic Edinburgh Castle, which towers over the city and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Edinburgh Old Town.

  • Follow one of four routes around the city on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.

  • Walk the Old Course at St. Andrew’s and visit Scotland’s oldest university.

  • Take a walking tour of medieval Edinburgh and the Royal Mile.

  • Visit Roman ruins such as Hadrian’s Wall and Birdoswald Fort.

  • Learn about Scotland’s whisky-making history—and taste a few wee drams—on a whisky tour.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Take a personalized tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness on this day trip to the Scottish Highlands. See wooded lochs and tucked-away villages as you journey through spectacular scenery en route to Glencoe and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster and traverse the picturesque Cairngorms National Park. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group limited to 16 passengers.
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St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Travel from Edinburgh to St. Andrews and Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh. Cross the Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife and pass by the coastal villages of East Neuk. Then pay homage to the town of St. Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the Old Course where golf is routinely played. Driving in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, see Falkland and the Lomond Hills. Enjoy a small-group tour, limited to 16 people, for a memorable and personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Explore famous landmarks and hidden secrets in Edinburgh on this walking tour. Explore Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile with a guide, and gain insight into famous writers and inventors who have called the city home. Hear tales of Scotland's national bard—Robert Burns—and discover top landmarks such as St. Giles’ Cathedral and the National Galleries of Scotland. Capture Edinburgh through the eye of your camera as you go, and find out what makes this ancient city tick.
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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience Scotland's rugged countryside on a Highlands and whisky tour from Edinburgh. In a small-group, visit Scotland’s hilly Lowlands and forested Highlands, where you can spot waterfalls and migrating salmon in the River Braan. Stop in quaint towns for refreshments and optional whisky tastings, and soak up the stunning landscape — a mosaic of verdant glens, loch, and rivers. Along the way, learn the often dark history of this wild region.
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour Including

3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride

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Venture to the Scottish Highlands and spend two nights on the Isle of Skye, including a steam train ride on The Jacobite of the West Highland Railway Line — aka the ‘Hogwarts Express’ of Harry Potter fame. This 3-day guided trip from Edinburgh takes you through Cairngorms National Park to regional highlights such as the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin Mountains. Visit Eilean Donan Castle, ride the ferry to Mallaig and stop at the legendary Loch Ness. Enjoy daily breakfasts during your hotel or B&B stay in Portree.
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Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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See Stirling Castle, the Kelpies monument, and Loch Lomond on this day trip from Edinburgh. Pass Linlithgow Palace on the way to the Kelpies, said to be the largest equine sculptures in the world. Then travel through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where you can join your guide on a nature walk, before heading to Stirling Castle for an optional interior tour (own expense). This small-group tour in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach is limited to 16 passengers for a memorable experience.
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  • 9 hours
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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Discover the Scottish Highlands on a leisurely 2-day trip from Edinburgh that includes overnight accommodation at a hotel or bed & breakfast. Visit two of Scotland’s most popular spots—Loch Ness and Inverness—during scenic drives among pine forests, dramatic castles and charming villages, with an optional boat ride on Loch Ness. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group limited to 16 passengers for a personalized experience with your informative guide.
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  • 2 days
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Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Treat yourself to a day of whisky appreciation on a full-day tasting trip from Edinburgh. Wind through the Scottish Lowlands to a historic whisky-producing region, and visit Glengoyne Distillery and Deanston Distillery for informative tasting sessions and tours. Discover the centuries-old tradition of Scottish whisky production, view warehouses stocked with aged casks and marvel at the quiet beauty of Loch Lomond.
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Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Delve into Scotland’s rich history and heritage on this 1-day Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle tour from Edinburgh. Head from the Royal Mile over the UNESCO–listed Forth Bridge to Dunfermline with a guide, and explore the Abbey Kirk — burial place of Robert the Bruce. See where the Battle of Bannockburn raged and learn of Scotland’s struggle for independence. Take in top local attractions including Stirling Castle. Then, visit Rosslyn Chapel before returning to Edinburgh.
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Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & the Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & the Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Follow the trail of the Romans through ancient Scotland on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. With an expert guide, visit millennia-old Roman ruins such as Hadrian’s Wall, Birdoswald Fort, Steel Rigg, and soak up the beauty of Northumberland National Park, the Irthing Valley, and the Southern Uplands. Travel with a small group to historic villages and hear the about Anglo-Scottish wars that once rattled the region.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh on this walking tour with optional skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence (if option selected), and pass iconic locations like St. Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square, and John Knox House.
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Outlander Film Locations Day Trip from Edinburgh

Outlander Film Locations Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Scotland’s rugged landscapes and historic castles provide a spectacular backdrop to hit TV series Outlander, but you’ll need a guide if you want to follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters. This full-day tour from Edinburgh gives fans the inside scoop, visiting memorable filming locations such as Doune Castle, Culross, and Falkland.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk

Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk

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Discover the Edinburgh Vaults—aka South Bridge Vaults—18th-century underground chambers that lie far below the city. On this underground walking tour with an entertaining and informative guide, hear tales of this dark and almost-forgotten place built below one of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfares. See evidence of excavated storage spaces, human habitation, taverns with wine vaults and more!
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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking tour including Underground Vaults

Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking tour including Underground Vaults

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Explore a sinister side of Edinburgh on this late-night ghost walking tour that includes the Blair Street Vaults under South Bridge. Stroll mysterious alleyways as you listen to your guide’s grim and ghastly tales of treason and torture. Then venture underground for a candlelight tour of the 18th-century chambers and hear haunting stories of supernatural forces lingering in the city's darkest corners.
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